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Census Bureau boosts staff levels in bid to finish count by year’s end

Data collection to end on Sept. 30, a month earlier than expected

By Nikita Biryukov, August 04 2020 11:52 am

The U.S. Census Bureau is upping staffing levels in a bid to get the decennial count of the nation’s residents done by the end of the year, the agency announced Monday.

“We will improve the speed of our count without sacrificing completeness. As part of our revised plan, we will conduct additional training sessions and provide awards to enumerators in recognition of those who maximize hours worked,” Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said. “We will also keep phone and tablet computer devices for enumeration in use for the maximum time possible.”

The bureau will sunset its data collection — both in-person and self-reported — on Sept. 30, a month earlier than expected. The bureau is set to begin processing its date then.

So far, New Jersey’s response rate slightly leads the national average, 65% to 63%.

“The Census Bureau’s new plan reflects our continued commitment to conduct a complete count, provide accurate apportionment data, and protect the health and safety of the public and our workforce,” Dillingham said.

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